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Shaun, Ann and I were driving back from our trip to Port Townsend and it was dismal and rainy through the entire trip. The one bright spot was in the middle of nowhere, near Ritzville, Washington (USA). It was flat prairie for miles around, definitely not our favorite part of the drive. Shaun stopped at a conveniently placed rest stop and Ann and I took several photos.
This rest stop was like an oasis for us, with beautiful landscaping and a parklike walk. The rainbow made a perfect finishing touch. I uploaded “Double Rainbow” first, but this is my favorite of the batch, because you can see the rural landscape. I hope you enjoy this “touch of Eden” as much as we did.
Photo taken in October, 2010, near Ritzville, Washington with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.
I used Photoshop CS and the wonderful Topaz DeJPEG filter to get rid of the low resolution detritus. I then adjusted the contrast and levels and added a duplicate layer on soft light, with a 20 percent opacity to brighten the colors and sharpen the detail. You can get the same effect with overlay, but I prefer the subtler look of soft light. Topaz Adjust was used with one layer for HDR. I finished off with the Nik Glamour Glow filter to give the dreamy look. This filter tends to overlighten many photos, so I finished with the Nik Graduated Neutral Density filter to darken the photo.
- Kathleen -
Below is the original photo:
Another photo of this tree, which places more emphasis on the rainbow: